Graphic novel has been a promising for the bultibillion dollars industry in Hollywood. Especially for America, with its massive comic industry. Outstanding graphics, extensive character and unusual storylines makes graphic novel a valuable sources in exchange for the typical melancolic-happy-ending Holliwood theme.
Several of the graphic novel-based Hollywood movies were excellent in scene, story plot, and has combine talented actors and actreeses for the play. Alexis Breidel plays wonderfully in ‘Sin City’ as a young prostitutes who was force to sold away her sisterhood for the sense of security. While Natalie Portman, a prostitutes who sneak silently across London’s night curve, accidently met with a strange reformist who wears Guy Fawkes mask and have plan to assasinate the Councellor, the highest authority in England. Yes, ‘V for Vendetta’ is a must-watch.
And there’s also Harvey Pekar, an American comic-writer whose life as clerk were brougth into a series of graphic novel, ‘American Splendor’. Pekar’s sarcastic and dull life were captured into panels showing how simple life can sometimes be a complicated thing.
And there is Watchmen, tells the story of (super)heroes after their golden period. When think of Superheroes, you’d think of iron muscle, speed faster than a bullet, flying man with robe, x-ray vision, sort of. Well, true. Some of the superheroes were possessing those unhumanly power. But, most of them were simply ordinary humans, who bleeds, cry, stinks, but fought very well.
And of course, no superheroes can show up without identified constume (or costume to hide their identity). Well, I must say that superhero in America has giving this costume thing a very serious thought. There’s ‘Miss Jupiter’ who wears corset in black and bright yellow and carying around a whip on her waist. There’s also ‘Mothman’ who wears phonny ‘bug wings’ on his back.
Well, at least these are the costume they wear prior to the WW II era. Their second generation was improving. Second ‘Miss Jupiter’ for example (the daughter). Instead of wearing lingerie while fighting the bad guys, she wore a tight latex suit in black and bright yellow.
But, most of these superheroes couldn’t make it after the war. Some were thought as lunatic with a costume and was put away in asylum, some even killed. Now, if you think that superheroes were suppose to save people’s live anywhere in the world, most of these heroes are different. Their main duties was to serve their country. They were sent to vietnam to be a killing machine. They were put in front line in facing peace demonstrators and dealing them with guns. Atleast, that’s what The Commedian did.
There’s also Dr. Manhattan, whose being perceived as Superman, even God, for his ability to restract any materials in the world, and his unique appearance. This bright bluish man can see trough time and he’s also being sent to Vietnam. After the war, he’s working with another superheroes who claim himself as the smartest man in the world, to build a nuclear station in order to maintain ‘world peace’.
So then, what’s seems to be the problem? Well, all of it. The Commedian for example, is a ‘hero’ who killed uncountable human during the war, includes a vietnamese woman pregnant with his child. Dr. Manhattan, possessing Godliness ability, and using that to establish a nuclear power to make balance among world’s authoritive power. But at the same time, bring fear to other competing nation each one tries to develop their own nuclear weapon.
Truth is hurt sometimes. So as the truth inside this movie. One thing I notice most from the movie is how the author (both the GN and the movie) tries to open the inner face of the human being. That brings the question, is society, full of hatred; greediness; and lack of moral value; really deserve to be saved? Who kills human better than the other human? Who manage to successfully exploit the nature until its last drop? Its human indeed. So doesn’t the world would be a better place to live if human is no longer be the ruler? If they were to be extinct permanently, isn’t that means the world is saved?
As much as phylosophical values, this movie also contains heavy sexual-scene. So watch for your kids. This is not a children’s movie. And though the ending was a bit dry for me, I like the overall plot.
My rating for this one: 3,5 stars from 5.